judging books by the cover

Judging Books By Their Covers: February 2020 Releases Edition

The old saying goes “Don’t judge a book by the cover” but that’s what we are here to do.

Every month, I pick some books with pretty covers and then I show the ones with best blurbs to you.
Basically, I spend a lot of time on Netgalley, and scouring the Internet for new releases, so I am gonna do that, but pick the books based on their cover. Then I’ll read the blurbs and pick my favorites and then I share them with all of you!

So the basic formula of this post is pretty books meets new releases I am excited about.

Yes, this post is late. But it’s still here!

1. Daughter of the Dark by Marina & Sergei Dachyenko

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The City in the Middle of the Night
Release Date: February 11th

Why I love the cover: Last year, Vita Nostra by the same authors was featured in this same post and it had a similar cover. I think it’s so dreamy and unique and wonderful.

Why I love the blurb: The blurbs for these authors’ books remind me so much of Bulgakov and his weird, metaphysical writing. Daughter from the Dark follows a DJ who finds a ten-year-old girl and brings her home. And then she refuses to leave, and every attempt to get rid of her is thwarted by her teddy bear, that may or may not turn into a monster. That’s just a brilliant blurb right there. If that isn’t enough, Rachel recently reviewed & loved it, and we trust Rachel unequivocally here.

2. Indelicacy by Amina Cain

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The City in the Middle of the Night

Release Date: February 11th

Why I love the cover: I love the color scheme here, and I love that the title is formatted like a museum label! It looks really pretty.

Why I love the blurb: This is described as a ghostly feminist fable, and it follows a woman who works as a cleaning lady in a museum, and wants to become a writer, until she marries a really rich man. This sounds strange and wonderful, and it promises an exploration of class and desire, which I always love reading about.

3. Where You’re All Going by Joan Frank

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Immoral Code

Release Date: February 18th

Why I love the cover: Two things: I love the pealing effect of the letters, it’s just so appealing to me for some reason. Also, I like the sea.

Why I love the blurb: This is a collection of four novellas, which sound really intriguing and seem to focus on the interpersonal, which is one of my favorite things to read about. A young couple navigates a strange friendship and unexpected pregnancy; a woman recalls the bizarre fallout of her former lover’s fame; a lonely widow is drawn to an arrogant young man; a wealthy spiritual seeker grapples with what wealth cannot affect – these all sound really interesting and I love novellas so an all-around win.

4. 142 Ostriches by April Davila

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Immoral Code

Release Date: February 25th

Why I love the cover: I am just a sucker for pretty colors, what can I say.

Why I love the blurb: This book follows Tallulah, whose grandmother takes her in to live with her on an ostrich ranch in the Mojave Desert. After her grandmother dies under strange circumstances, she inherits everything, including the ostriches who stop laying eggs. She must come to terms with her whole family who appears to force her to sell the ranch. This sounds charming and I can see myself totally loving a story like this one.

5. Just an Ordinary Woman Breathing by Julie Marie Wade

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Immoral Code

Release Date: February 25th

Why I love the cover: This cover is reminiscent of the first one in this post, a woman’s head going up in a smoke or a blur, and it seems that I do enjoy the concept.

Why I love the blurb: This is an essay collection in which Wade explores the concept of bodies as history, through her own body and her coming of age in said body. The blurb also notes that the author “…uses the language and tenets of music, math, religion, fairy tales, poetry, and art to reckon with the many facets of embodiment, sexuality, and love in our contemporary world.” I think this sounds like something I could really enjoy.


And those are this month’s pretty new releases. Let me know your favorite one and as always, let me know about pretty books you found recently!



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5 thoughts on “Judging Books By Their Covers: February 2020 Releases Edition

  1. Ooh, I love those peeling letters, I’ve not seen that one before! And Daughter From the Dark is SO gorgeous. I’m sure I will need to buy it, every time I see it, it impresses me all over again.


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